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Ware Academy graduates 11

Ware Academy graduates, Class of 2018, include, from left, Raleigh Gresham-Beemer, Cameron DeVries, Jacob Brown, Joshua Ward, Taylor Berry, Pierce Lambert, Brenna Hendrix, Charles VanFossen, Christopher Boulay, Jason Duffie and Kobey Taylor.

The 2018 Ware Academy Commencement Ceremony was recently held at Ware Episcopal Church, Gloucester. The accomplishments of Ware Academy’s graduating class of 11 were celebrated by their families and faculty.  

Tradition continued with Thomas L. Thomas III, head of school, sharing personal stories about each student. These stories include the students’ strengths and accomplishments during their time at Ware. Thomas employs a personal knowledge of each student and includes little anecdotes that leave the students and their families smiling and at times laughing at the warm memories.  

Thomas addressed the graduates with words of wisdom, which touched on 12 points that would assist the students approach challenges with a growth mindset. They included: act with integrity; you can do more than you think; good things take hard work; ask for help; actions have consequences; life is not fair; say please and thank you; be grateful for what you have; focus on the goal, not the obstacles; your last interaction with someone is how you will be remembered; your thoughts create your reality; and who you spend time with is who you will become. 

Thomas recapitulated his address with the wise words of Abraham Lincoln: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Ware’s commencement speaker, Raymond Googe, Class of 2005, further emphasized this point with the message of being bold. Boldness is defined as “showing an ability to take risks, confident and courageous.” He encouraged the graduates to approach life with boldness and create their own destiny. 

Prior to the distribution of Ware Academy’s awards, the Blue/Green Captains entertained the crowd with the class history. Their memories span the years of their education which included doing yoga in kindergarten to getting stuck in the mud on the eighth grade trip in May.  

The Ware Academy Headmaster’s Award was presented to Taylor Berry. This award is given to the eighth grade student who has contributed the most to the school community in terms of academic achievement, leadership qualities and display of positive character.  

The Founder’s Award was given to Brenna Hendrix for her academic contributions to the school. Brenna embraces challenges, puts forth effort and interest and displays an aptitude for the betterment of the school.  

The Spotswood Jones Citizenship Award is presented to the eighth grade student who exhibits in deeds and character the qualities of helpfulness and cooperation. The student also demonstrated and encouraged spirit and involvement in school and community activities. This year’s award was presented to Josh Ward. 

The Sportsmanship Award was given to both Taylor Berry and Pierce Lambert for their conduct and performance with the attributes of teamwork, school spirit and integrity on the field of play.

Jacob Brown was awarded the Constance Ingles Award for Improvement. This student is recognized for his motivation, consistent effort and steady improvement in academic proficiency.

The Decade Award is given to the student(s) that have attended Ware since prekindergarten. Brenna Hendrix and Josh Ward received this award.

posted 06.13.2018

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